Which Bit For Your Horse?

Just finished this little article that explains how the various types of bits work.

Regulation  US Cavalry Double Bridal, circa 1906

Regulation US Cavalry Double Bridal, circa 1906

Controversial as it is, how bits work isn’t rocket science. Read more about it:

A Bit About Bits – The Basic Mechanics of Bits and How They Work

By Dan Gilmore

November 4, 2011

Snaffle Bits Understanding who bits work isn’t that difficult, once you know how each type of bit works and how each bit mechanically operates. That said, a given bit is not meant to be a correction for how the horse obtains the proper frame for any given discipline. Using a ‘stronger’ bit as a solution is not a solution to ‘holes’ in a horse’s training. In fact, sometimes using ‘less’ bit is the solution in that instance.

The reality is, and this is a conclusion I often get much criticism for, that most horses go just fine in a simple snaffle, curb bit, a bitless bridle or, if your discipline requires, a double bridle provided that the horse has been brought along in a rational and progressive program of training.

Nevertheless, sometimes a certain bitting scheme is required to bring a horse along in its training. Understanding how these bits work, how the forces each bit exerts and to what degree they exert those forces, along with an understanding of a particular horse and how that horse responds is required. (read more)

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